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Bottled at 53.5% this cask strength 21 year old Glenfarclas has been bottled exclusively for Kensington Wine Market. The back label says it is bottled for "The Scotch Guy's 15th Anniversary at KWM!" but we are actually launching it on his 16th Anniversary, November 25, 2019. This is not a single cask, a Glenfarclas Family Cask of this age would cost at least twice as much as this, but it is a bespoke exclusive, especially the label. See below. The whisky is 75% sold in just a month!
Andrew's Tasting Note
Nose: round, rich and fruity; very nutty: beer nuts, maple coated walnuts and marcona almonds; soft leather, brandy infused chocolate and white fruit cake; loads of fruit: candied and citric; creamy, warm pie crust from the oven; perhaps some tart lemon merengue.
Palate: big, rich and very fruity with building earthy spices; loads of caramel, candied orange, orange peel and other candied fruits; still creamy with more buttery pie crust and tart fruit cake; the spices slowly build: fresh sliced ginger, as well as cardamom and cinnamon sticks; moves towards fennel and anise; very nutty too, loads of candied nuts and more oily marcona almonds.
Finish: long, drying, spicy and elegant; fading candied fruits and nuts with more buttery pie crust and soft leather.
Comment: another cracking cask strength Glenfarclas at an awesome price point; we can’t take any credit for the selection of this whisky; once again we put our faith in George and his team at Glenfarclas, and once again they have delivered; just in time for Christmas this bottle is oozing candied fruits, nuts and spices… how festive!
The Story Behind the Bottling
This exciting new whisky requires a bit of explaining… When we did the label for our first Glenfarclas 15 Year Cask Strength, it became apparent to me that we could have some fun with the label. We didn’t have time for anything bespoke on that occasion, but after the Glenfarclas label below was brought to my attention I was inspired. In short, a gentleman was visiting Glenfarclas, and somehow ended up driving his Ford rental car in to the Spey. I am not entirely sure how or where that is possible, but he had a special label commissioned to commemorate the incident. They had to say Ferd, and not Ford, out of a precaution for avoiding litigation.
I like to strike a balance between relaxed and professional when I’m touring around Scotland visiting distilleries. I usually wear a dress shirt and shorts, often with flip flops. A man likes to be comfortable. A couple of year back during Feis Isle, I decided to make an impromptu visit to Bowmore, while everyone else was elsewhere on the island. It was my first in a few years. As I entered the door, I was greeted: “Hello Mr. Ferguson. Welcone back to Bowmore!” I was completely taken aback, how did the woman know my name? So I asked and she answered: “Oh, you’re the nice gentleman from Canada who’s always walking around in shorts and a dress shirt.” Seems I have a bit of a reputation… And so, knowing that we could be a little more creative with our second cask strength bottling of Glenfarclas, I decided to have a little fun with the label, inspired by the Ferd in the Spey label, I’d like to introduce you to “Ferg in the Spey”!
As $180+gst it is exceptionally good value, and we are hoping it won’t last long!
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